Former Mayor of Manningham, experienced small businesswoman and working mum Jennifer Yang today announced her run to become the next Lord Mayor of Melbourne.
“I am running for Lord Mayor to give residents a voice again, and to bring small business back into the heart of Council decision-making”, Ms Yang said.
“I have the skills, energy and experience to get the City of Melbourne back on track”. Ms Yang has also announced a crack-down on alcohol consumption at Town Hall.
“Like all Melbournians I have been shocked by the deterioration in behaviour and standards in Town Hall.
I am sick of Councillors behaving badly and wasting ratepayers’ money, whilst focussing on themselves and not our great city.
This council has lost touch with the community it serves. I will put the residents and small businesses of our city first”. Ms Yang said.
If elected, Lord Mayor Yang will end the boozy culture at Town Hall by banning Councillors from drinking when on Council business.
“If Councillors want to get drunk and have lavish meals they should do so in their own time and using their own money.
Ratepayers should not be paying for Councillor booze ups and, if elected, I will ban Councillors and staff drinking when on Council business”, Ms Yang stated.
This ban will extend not just to meetings and dinners, but to all official events for a period of two years to send a message near and far that Town Hall is back in business and focussed on the people of Melbourne and not on itself.
The initiative will go hand in hand with measures to ensure the City of Melbourne is a workplace free of harassment and discrimination.
“Fixing the culture at Town Hall is an important start, but it’s just the beginning. Throughout this campaign I’ll be launching initiatives to address rough sleeping, to cut red tape for small business and to celebrate multiculturalism in a bigger and better way than ever before.
“Importantly, I want to hear ideas from residents and small business owners on how we can make the City of Melbourne a better place to live”, Ms Yang concluded.